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Being a just-turned-thirty mother of a seven year ols, I was somewhat shocked to recevie the Marshall Mathers CD for Xmas. I was warned by my brother not to play it in front of my daughter. I have never been a hip-hop fan, in fact, Robbie Williams is more my 'thing'. But, by God, was I going to be surprised. I started playing it in the car on the way to work, then it became on the way home as well. Now it is every spare moment I am on my own. Yes, he swears. Yes, he sings about killing people. Yes, he condemns gay people. But so what. The guy is an artist and a poet. His tunes are incredibly catchy (kim is my favorite), and the lyrics are fantastic. I cannot understand what all the fuss is about. There is always one artist or group every few years who offends someone out there. When I was growing up it was Frankie goes to Hollywood - how tame they seem now! When my dad was growing up he can remember 'My Ding-a-Ling' being banned from every radio station in the country. At least now we seem to have realised you cannot ban great music. You just cut out the swear works and release it anyway. Eminem is very tongue-in-cheek, and he has a very informed opinion of living life in the 21st century. Long Live Eminem.
I am not a drug addict, in fact it must be more than a year since I even had a sniff of cannabis. I used to smoke pretty regular, and also had the occasional wrap of speed, but never any harder. In my opinion it is up to the individual to decide whether or not to smoke pot. Let's face it - alcohol and tobacco (both of which I partake in) are much much more dangerous. These are available anywhere, and the problems have not stopped. Cannabis is still looked upon as slightly naughty as it is illegal, and I am convinced that this is the reason that most kids start using. If it was legalised, it would take away a lot of the appeal. There is also the medicinal benefit. My ex-husband has a crippling disability of the spine. Until a year ago he was on a coctail of drugs and painkillers and in constant agony. He now smokes 1 joint in the morning and another in the evening. He grows his own in his dads greenhouse, and has even told his GP. The doctors opinion was surprising. He told him that if smoking a small amount a day has helped him to give up the painkillers and given him a better quality of life, then carry on! Well done that doctor! When are we going to catch up with other countries and realise that smoking a bit of pot is not going to turn us all into cocaine addicts.
NTL are normally great. Cheaper phone calls, extra channels, and of course, the completely FREE internet access. But don't ever try to contact their customer service department. The average waiting time for them to answer my call has been 45 minutes. Once through, they are very helpul, but if like me, you have decided an hour before Leicester City are playing Everton that you want to subscribe to Sky Sports One to watch the match, the apologies and heplfulness don't matter. It took 11 re-dials to get rid of the recorded message telling me that 'all lines are busy, please try later'. Eventally I got a different recording - 'please hold the line and we will be with you shortly'. After 35 minutes it reverted to the original message, in other words, I had been cut off. I redialled and waited again. Once through, it only took 10 minutes for them to add the extra channel to my current package. It was a 4.00 kickoff, and I started calling at 2.45. I got through at 4.05, and began watching the match at 4.15 (thankfully catching Leicesters goal). I now have to keep this channell for at least a month (at a cost of 17 pounds), and then go through the whole process again to disconnect the channell. Come on NTL, get your act together.
This is one of the best films I have ever seen. Yes, It's long - 3 hours - but it kept me rivetted the whole time. Tom Hanks is again wonderful as a prison guard on death row in the 1930's. And the actor who plays 'John Coffee, like the drink only spelt different' (you never find out how to spell it correctly) is amazing. For anyone who has ever read 'Of Mice and Men' he would make a wonderful Lennie. A gentle giant on death row after being found guilty of murdering 2 small girls. I knew as soon as I saw him that he wasn't guilty, but little did I know who, or what he was. A spellbinding film, with a very strong cast (including the mouse!), with an ending which will have you in tears. Go out and rent it NOW.
I visited Dublin in August of this year, and as a hardened Guinness drinker, and a collector of Guinness merchandise, I was expecting a very expensive holiday. I was to be pleasantly surprised. In my local pub of Molly O'Grady's in Leicester, a pint of Guinness is 2.27. The average price in Dublin if 2.50. When you take into account the exchange rate (we got 1.25 punts for every 1.00 stirling), it works out around the same. Something to watch though - in the trendy Temple Bar, the drinks can go up by as much as 20p after 7pm. The B&B's on Gardiner St are very reasonable. Within 5 minutes walk of the city centre, you can get an en-suite double room for 50 punts per night (approx 40 stirling), although the Irish breakfast fry-up exeeds every European recommedation for collestorol intake! Eating out isn't too bad either, try The Auld Dubliner during the day for a traditional Irish Coddle, or next door's Oliver St John Goggarty in the evening. Goggarty's serve enormous plates of food for around 5 punts. I would recommend the burgers, although don't expect a flat beef patty in a bun! And don't forget to do the tourist thing - the open top ride on a bus around Dublin costs 7 punts. This takes around an hour and a quarter for the full trip, although you can get on and off anywhere throughout the day. I would advise you to keep switching buses, as the drivers offer running commentary, and some are historical, some hysterical and one of them just sings all the way round!
I was born in Leicester 30 years ago, and have moved about a lot. But I have to say, Leicester is always home. The culture is extremely diverse, with one of the largest asian communities in the Country, The Golden Mile along Melton Road is full of Sahri shops, sweet shops and wonderful Indian jewellery. The Divalli celebrations in October are fantastic. We also have a large Carribean culture, and the Carribean festival in August is the second largest in Europe. The smell of Jerk Chicken around Victoria Park is enough to convert even the hardiest vegetarian! Ans lets not forget the Irish community. If you've never experienced a Paddy's Day in Molly O'Grady's you've not lived. The city centre is growing daily, with new pubs and restaurants fitting into every spare space they can find. Leicester will be a 24 hour city within 10 years. There are also the great museums, for the historically minded. With the Newark, The Jewery Wall, and Abbey park ruins, to name a few, there's always something to see. And as for shopping - well what can I say. Stray away from the main shopping complexes (the shires, the haymarket, and Gallowtree Gate) and you will find the most wonderful little shops. From the trendy St Martins Square, to the newly-restored victorian Silver Arcade, there is something for everyone. Easy to get to by road or rail, Leicester will always be home to me.
Well what a waste of a Sunday night. This has got to be one of the worst 'horror' movie I've ever seen. The idea was pretty good. A group of money-hungry people locked in a house for a night to win 1 million dollars. The house was previously a mental assylum and the scene of a fire which killed all within. Yes, you've guessed it, the house is haunted by their spirits. As I've said, a good idea, but that's about it. The actors were wooden, with a token blond bimbo, and also a be-spectacled doctor type. There was also their host - a mad theme park owner. I know, you can guess the rest. He sets up a few surprises for his guests, but not all that begins to happen is down to him. The basement is full of the remains of the doctors horrendous experiments, but not scary - just sick. The bit when the doctor is about to commit necrofilia is just awful and made me physically cringe. And the final line - how are we going to get down - you could just see it coming a mile away. Please take my advise and avoid this film like the plague.